Hi--A friend of mine gave me a laptop, Gateway MA3/MX6421, but if I try to power it on, the power button and power indicator on the front of the unit, just flash blue, and it will not power up. Any suggestions? I'd really like to be able to get this thing working, and if it's something really simple, I'd hate to give up on it not knowing. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Gateway MA3/MX6421 won't power up
If the power indicator is flashing that means that it's getting power, but there is not enough power, the first thing you should do is check the adapter power supply with a multimeter and make sure that it's outputing the correct power, if it's not then you need to replace the adapter. If it's then it's more complex.
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The only things you could hope to upgrade in a laptop that old is the RAM and the hard drive. if it's an x86 computer the most you get get is 4GBs of ram and maybe a 250GB IDE drive in that. Laptop's are not really meant for upgrading. It isn't cost effective to upgrade laptops anyways. Spend $300 on a new low end laptop and you will have something at least twice as powerful as this laptop you currently have.
A 'mass storage device' is any device on which files can be stored (HD,
Memory card, thumb-drive etc.) so that controller is not for the USB
ports as such, but may indeed be for a storage device that plugs into a
USB port (card-reader, external HD). For a laptop, it may be for a
built-in card-reader which is connected internally to the USB bus.
Go here and enter your laptop's serial number to be sure of getting the
proper drivers specific to your machine, as you may be trying to use
the wrong driver. Only by entering the serial number can you be sure of
getting the correct files: http://support.gateway.com/support/d...ter.asp?Tab=My
Hi, it depends upon what kind of error s you get, when it is shutting down you should contact gateway for the OS restoration CD if it came preinstalled, but it will depend upon their policy for shipping lost media.
Because the power jack is soldered directly to the motherboard, side to side stress on the plug over time damages more than the solder joint, it also loosens the little copper sleeve that lines the hole in the motherboard. Simply resoldering the joint only cures the problem for a month or so. You must remove the plug, wrap and then solder a thin piece of wire clipped from a small resisitor lead to the base of the center pin connector leg (the one to the back of the jack) and pull through the board with the leg. Then the extra wire is bent over like a hook and coiled around the spot -- squashed flat. then the coiled extra wire acts as an added anchor when soldered (hooking the power jack connector to the board.) this joint will survive like or even better than new. Not doing this added step gaurantees you joint repair will fail not long after it is made.